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    A few observations.

    Rawai covers a very large area and for those who seek them, has a very large number of bars with 'services' in every corner. It wouldn't surprise me if Rawai didn't have as many BG's in total as Patong. Peter needs to have a drive along Sai Yuan in the evening, past Banana Corner for example. That said, the pier road from Chalong Circle to the Pier has probably 10 or 12 bars that seem to have a surplus of waitresses in relation to their customers.

    Yesterday, I drove from Chalong (just north of Rawai) to Takua Pa in Phang Nga (we'd been told that the electric would be off for the whole day so needed an excursion to get away from it). To get to Takua Pa, you go through Khao Lak (it's about 30km north). Took me 2 hours to get to Khao Lak, though I knew exactly the distance as I've cycled there quite a few times (200km round trip). Just a point about the electric, yesterday was a planned outage, and our supply has been great for the 10 years I've been in my house. Khao Lak again is very much a nice place to visit venue, but unless you were running a business, not a place to retire/live.

    2 years ago I took a couple of friends to Ko Lanta for a few days. I'd never been, and to be honest I wouldn't be itching to get back there again. Nothing wrong with it from a holiday perspective, good beaches, etc, and Lanta Town was worth a visit. The restaurants like most of these 'stretched' seaside areas, tend to be in clumps around resorts, and the few we tried were on a par with tourist areas in Phuket (Kata, Karon, Surin etc etc), i.e. pretty rubbish compared to the non tourist places on Phuket.

    I'm not denigrating Peter's points, but sometimes there needs to be a different perspective offered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercallen View Post
    Probably the best National park in Thailand only 1.5 hours drive away in Phang Gna province, very scenic and worth the drive there
    Peter, straight up, I'm not a fan of Phuket, but I have an open mind.

    I've never been to that National park in Phang Gna province ... ever thought of a longer visit and photo thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Peter, straight up, I'm not a fan of Phuket, but I have an open mind.

    I've never been to that National park in Phang Gna province ... ever thought of a longer visit and photo thread?
    its the Knao Sok national park covers a huge area and includes a very large dam, if you want a photo thread you will have to do it yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    A few observations.

    Rawai covers a very large area and for those who seek them, has a very large number of bars with 'services' in every corner. It wouldn't surprise me if Rawai didn't have as many BG's in total as Patong. Peter needs to have a drive along Sai Yuan in the evening, past Banana Corner for example. That said, the pier road from Chalong Circle to the Pier has probably 10 or 12 bars that seem to have a surplus of waitresses in relation to their customers.

    Yesterday, I drove from Chalong (just north of Rawai) to Takua Pa in Phang Nga (we'd been told that the electric would be off for the whole day so needed an excursion to get away from it). To get to Takua Pa, you go through Khao Lak (it's about 30km north). Took me 2 hours to get to Khao Lak, though I knew exactly the distance as I've cycled there quite a few times (200km round trip). Just a point about the electric, yesterday was a planned outage, and our supply has been great for the 10 years I've been in my house. Khao Lak again is very much a nice place to visit venue, but unless you were running a business, not a place to retire/live.

    2 years ago I took a couple of friends to Ko Lanta for a few days. I'd never been, and to be honest I wouldn't be itching to get back there again. Nothing wrong with it from a holiday perspective, good beaches, etc, and Lanta Town was worth a visit. The restaurants like most of these 'stretched' seaside areas, tend to be in clumps around resorts, and the few we tried were on a par with tourist areas in Phuket (Kata, Karon, Surin etc etc), i.e. pretty rubbish compared to the non tourist places on Phuket.

    I'm not denigrating Peter's points, but sometimes there needs to be a different perspective offered.
    not a bar or bargirl person mate, my observations are in the daytime, you have certainly seen a lot more bars than i have in my 7 years living in Rawai
    Gave up driving in the evening about 6 years ago when i very nearly run into a motorcycle and side car stopped in the middle of the road with no lights on
    To many drunks, vehicles with no lights on and traveling on the wrong side of the road after 7PM

    Anyway we are of to Krabi for the day have not been there for awhile


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    Khao Lak if you have not visited it, is a tourist town where the local authorities including the BIB and business owners do not want any professional working ladies setting up shop there, they are very promptly told to more on by the BIB if they try to
    The locals are very friendly including the expats, the only single males i have met there work in the diving industry and only usually stay for the high season
    A good place to have a holiday for couples and families, its more like Phuket was 20 years ago, whore-mongers are not welcome there and never stay there anyway because there is no cheap company for them to share their time with and tell them how hansom they are

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    For those who may be interested, the road from Phuket to Krabi is dual carriage way all the way so there is no holdup by slow moving vehicles and it makes it a nice weekend drive
    Krabi town is much the same as before, but the beach tourist area has more tourists than previously and also more shops, restaurants, resorts
    Still very small compared to Phuket with less to do for tourists except island visiting which can be done from Phuket as easily
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Peter, straight up, I'm not a fan of Phuket, but I have an open mind.

    I've never been to that National park in Phang Gna province ... ever thought of a longer visit and photo thread?
    The only thing i know about computers i have learn't myself and only in recent years, never needed. a computer before i retired and had never used one
    There are no computer books available i English on Phuket and i have not been able to find someone to teacher me about computers and how to operate them
    I do not know how to send Photos from my computer only from my smart Phone which i post on Facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Lived in Phuket many years ago and agree with you. Great place to live. Bit more expensive than some places but hardly worth a mention. My biggest gripe was the electrical supply at the time I lived there was crap. Frequent long power outages. Probably ok now though.

    Khao Lak. The best beaches in Thailand but as you say, lacks amenities/facilities in Phuket.
    Still have regular breakdowns in the electricity supply in Rawai Phuket, caused. manly by the work going on at Chalong circle i think, still not as bad. as previous years when we had blackouts sometimes every week, mainly caused by vehicles hitting the electricity poles that were to close to the road, they are slowly moving the poles future away from the road or burying the wires now
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    Hi guys,

    Any tips for a 4 day family break? I know it's a but vague, but all advice greatly appreciated.

    Gonna be in Kata next month. Flying in and hiring a motor from the airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
    Hi guys,

    Any tips for a 4 day family break? I know it's a but vague, but all advice greatly appreciated.

    Gonna be in Kata next month. Flying in and hiring a motor from the airport.
    The fantasy live show is worth seeing for both children and adults, if you go pay for the show only forget about the meal eat elsewhere
    If in Phuket on the weekend go to the Phuket town weekend market all the local transport operators know the location, best selection and prices on they majority of items tourists like to buy
    Should be a tour desk where you are stopping with a selection of other things to do

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    ^ Top man.

    Will look into the Fantasy show

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
    ^ Top man.

    Will look into the Fantasy show
    The tour businesses sell tickets to all the shows and other attractions not just tours, tell them you will be comparing prices from different tour desks and you will get better prices offered to you for just about everything they have on offer

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    ^ Cheers, green sent

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    Do a kayaking trip to Bor Thor and a snorkelling trip somewhere. Kata is a nice area to stay.

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    Kata is a nice area to stay.
    The Boathouse in Kata used to be my Goto place in Phuket- stayed there several times. Unfortunately, last time I was in Phuket (staying at Cape Panwa) I drove there for old times sake, and a nice lunch at the Boathouse (probably Phuket's best restaurant imo). What a nightmare- traffic jams, parking impossible, the beach jampacked with pink whale blubber. Worse than Patong actually. Needless to say, we did not stop for lunch. Maybe I hit it at the wrong time, but I certainly couldn't recommend it in high season.

    For beachgoers, Nai Harn is very nice and relatively uncrowded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    The Boathouse in Kata used to be my Goto place in Phuket- stayed there several times. Unfortunately, last time I was in Phuket (staying at Cape Panwa) I drove there for old times sake, and a nice lunch at the Boathouse (probably Phuket's best restaurant imo). What a nightmare- traffic jams, parking impossible, the beach jampacked with pink whale blubber. Worse than Patong actually. Needless to say, we did not stop for lunch. Maybe I hit it at the wrong time, but I certainly couldn't recommend it in high season.

    For beachgoers, Nai Harn is very nice and relatively uncrowded.
    Agreed, we were there a couple of weeks ago for lunch. Luckily we got one of the hotel parking spaces, otherwise it would have been horrendous. The beach itself was busy, but not packed. Seemed to be a large proportion of Russians judging by their haircuts. Southern Phuket traffic is a nightmare at the moment because of the underpass being built at Chalong Circle, hence we rarely venture in that direction anymore.

    We'd not been to the Boathouse for quite a while, and were disappointed that the lunch menu was quite restricted with few 'quality' dishes on offer compared to the dinner menu. However, we didn't go hungry, and what we had was very good.

    The beach:


    Everything's better with a Singha:


    Had a very good Crab Cake as a starter:


    M'Sahib had some sort of Pomelo salad:


    My main was a Massaman Lamb Shank which I enjoyed:


    M'Sahib doesn't eat meat, and there was a distinct lack of seafood on the menu, so made do with a Prawn Pad Thai:


    Had a couple of glasses of a decent red:




    Shared a couple of good desserts between us:


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    Tough living ^

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    This is for someone who wanna install here or open your business.

    My mom ask me for post this
    https://bangkok.craigslist.co.th/apa...?lang=en&cc=us

    And also if you need help you can add my line app, anything I could I would tell you. Line id : chanthama

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiyaba View Post
    This is for someone who wanna install here or open your business.

    My mom ask me for post this
    https://bangkok.craigslist.co.th/apa...?lang=en&cc=us

    And also if you need help you can add my line app, anything I could I would tell you. Line id : chanthama
    expensive for a 2 bedroom unfurnished house, last house i rented it was awhile ago but rents have not gone up was a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom furnished house in Chalong for 12,000 baht a month, there are houses and apartments to rent just about anywhere on the Island and it pays to ask around locally if you like a area and deal directly with the owners
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
    ^ Top man.

    Will look into the Fantasy show
    been living in Kamala for 18 years, still have not been to Fantasea and no plans to go, Daughter went alot as child.
    Sunday walking market after 5 pm in Phuket town...
    Best, freshest seafood is at Kan Eang 1 or 2 in Chalong. BUT the area aorund Chalong circle is hell; thank god i dont live that end of the island..

    Been in phuket 31 1/2 years out of the past 34 ( 1 year in Cambodia, 18 months back in Ca) still love it here even with all the changes
    IF an thats a big IF, i didn't love the water,i'd be up in the Chaing Rai area..
    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol or insanity, but they've always worked for me" HST

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    ^Flying in on Sunday for 4 days.

    Gonna grab a motor from the airport and am gonna do the Viewpoint, Rum distillery place (quick visit), boat trip around the islands, bit of shopping, barny with the missus, drink, pool, beach and food.

    Not necessary in that order, but should keep us busy.
    Black diamonds? I shit 'em.

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    --UPDATE--

    Not gonna put up pics, just some observations that may help those holidaying in Phuket with 4 pax up.

    (1) Hire a motor.

    Got a motor from the airport for 1K a day. it works out cheaper than paying for taxis to and from airport + sightseeing + dicking about.

    (2) It's not as expensive as people make out.

    Digs at Beach Heights in Kata set me back a bit over 2K a night with brekkie. Beers and spirits not too bad around Kata and dinner for 4 with a couple of drinks and little'un set us back around 2k up per night (lunch around half that).

    (3) Things to do...

    Viewpoint (free)
    Beach (free)
    Full-day 3 island trip to Maya/Phi Phi/ Monkey Island with pick up/lunch etc...(1600 baht each)
    Chalong Bay Rum Tour (450 Baht for half hour tour, free Mojito and tasting session)

    (4) Kill time before flight.

    Had a 5:30pm evening flight so checked out at 12 and headed to Nai Yang Beach. Its an hour or so drive from Kata, so got here just after 1pm(ish) and had some lunch literally on the beach at a place called Ma Ma Nang.
    After a feed and a couple of beers, it's a short (6km) drive to the airport.

    For Dilly

    Unfortunately, Eatigo has no presence in Phuket at the time of writing.

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    Chalong Bay rum is only good for cleaning paint-brushes. Don't waste your time, or money.

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    ^

    Can you recommend any Thai rums and where they might be purchased?

    I'm thinking of this type.

    Its not expensive to live in Phuket as some people claim-cpr5packcmyk-jpg
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    Sang Som. Can be bought anywhere, though, it's not that good. Maybe someone else is more knowledgeable.
    A great, local SE Asia rum would be Tanduay from the Philippines. Sang Som can't touch it.
    Best buy a bottle of duty free Caribbean rum on your way into the country.

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